First-Year Academics

First-Year Seminar (GENS1101 & 1102)

General Studies Program students take two 1-credit seminars over the course of their first year, GENS1101 (fall) & GENS1102 (spring).

These seminars meet once a week and are taught by the student’s academic advisor. The first semester of the course covers major exploration, deconstructing academic arguments, and reflection on learning strategies. The second semester of the course focuses on transitioning to a major, constructing academic arguments, and group dynamics within in-person and online settings through a hybrid course model.

Each instructor is assisted by a Peer Mentor, who attends the seminar and is available to assist students both inside and outside of the classroom as they adjust to college life.